Unfortunately, several days ago, Aitan fell ill which was initially diagnosed as a cold. It progressed quickly and within a few days, his breathing became shallow and he stopped eating. He had fevers of 103. His happiness was gone. He was rushed via ambulance with his mom to the Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg where they remain. His little body has pneumonia which has formed a clot and a large mass (abscess) in his lungs which takes up about 60%. The fevers continue to be 103 and his body is not responding as well as everyone had hoped. The team of doctors have been treating him as the risk of surgery is massive including a collapsed lung in his already weakened body. We found out Aitan, unfortunately, now requires surgery and we are unsure of the length of stay in the hospital at this time. The long term care for Aitan's follow ups and recovery after surgery will be months long as he will be sent home with a picc line to his heart.
Annie recently lost her business due to the impact of hurricane Irma and has been unable to rebuild it yet though she had been working on it. With Aitan’s unexpected hospitalization, she has used her last resources to cover basic bills for the home she rents for her children which is over one hour from the hospital. She is the sole caregiver to Aitan and his four siblings. The need for financial help for this family is dire at this time as bills mount.
Expenses are mounting and should be the last thing on her mind at this time. She is scared and needs to worry only about keeping Aitan calm as he clings to her in his hospital bed. He is confused and scared. He keeps saying “home now?” Anytime a nurse or doctor comes in, he holds onto Annie in his bed with his little face under her arm and says “no.” They have to pry him off of her each time. He misses watching Sponge Bob (his favorite show) and misses his siblings and the decorations he helped put up with them before becoming ill.
Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Please help this sweet family during this difficult time. Your donation of any amount is appreciated beyond words.
Aitan is so very attached to his sweet mom
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